NFL Football Column: Last Minute Decisions
Week 10 Injury Questions
Some people might complain that guys such as Taiwan Jones, Marcel Reece and Emmanuel Sanders are going to decide fantasy games this week. We live for it.
As we get set for Week 10, we’ll have our eyes on these intriguing plug-n-plays. The Rotoworld News Page will be humming all day long to bring you the latest on who is in and who is out. We’ve got rankings from Chris Wesseling/Mike Clay here and Evan Silva’s ridiculously mind-blowing Matchup Column here. Inside the Season Pass, you’ll find flex rankings and exact projections for every player.
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OK, let’s get to the hurt folks:
TITANS at DOLPHINS
* Jake Locker (shoulder) is healthy and will start in place of Matt Hasselbeck.
* Kendall Wright had a scare with his elbow last week, but got a full week of practice in.
CHARGERS at BUCS
* Robert Meachem (hamstring) is back, but he’ll likely rotate with Danario Alexander and Eddie Royal.
BRONCOS at PANTHERS
BILLS at PATRIOTS
* Stevie Johnson is fully expected to play through a questionable tag. He just has a thigh bruise.
* Aaron Hernandez (ankle) is expected to play after getting three limited practices in this week. UPDATE: Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, A-Hern is going to be held out another week.
* Wes Welker (ankle), Brandon Lloyd (knee) and Rob Gronkowski (hip) are all listed as questionable even though there’s little doubt about their availability. The Patriots are just playing their usual games.
* Brandon Bolden has been suspended for four games. Shane Vereen and Danny Woodhead will continue to be the backs behind Stevan Ridley.
RAIDERS at RAVENS
* Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are both out due to ankle injuries. Taiwan Jones is expected to start, but Marcel Reece will be mixed in plenty. Expect the Raiders to go extremely pass heavy.
* Brandon Myers will be a full go despite a little shoulder issue.
GIANTS at BENGALS
* Hakeem Nicks had some swelling in his knee coming out of last week, but insists he’s ready to go now. He’ll start.
* Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) is expected to play through yet another questionable tag. But he’s been struggling at less than 100 percent and Andre Brown will handle goal-line work.
* BenJarvus Green-Ellis is over his illness.
FALCONS at SAINTS
* Darren Sproles (hand) remains out. Pierre Thomas is the best bet for snaps and touches in the Saints’ backfield.
LIONS at VIKINGS
* Percy Harvin (ankle) has been listed as doubtful. He’s one of the toughest guys in the league though, so owners should check in Sunday morning to be certain he’s out.
* Titus Young and Calvin Johnson are both dealing with knee issues, but both are expected to start.
RAMS at 49ERS
* Danny Amendola (shoulder) is fully expected to make his return and start. Expect him to lead the Rams in targets.
COWBOYS at EAGLES
* DeMarco Murray (foot) is out once again. Expect Felix Jones and Lance Dunbar to share the workload, with Felix getting the start.
* LeSean McCoy was sick on Wednesday and Thursday, but is expected to be 100 percent by Sunday.
JETS at SEAHAWKS
* Joe McKnight (ankle) is out, but Bilal Powell (shoulder) is back to siphon carries from Shonn Greene.
* Marshawn Lynch’s wrist issue is not a real concern. It’s not like he’s a big player in the passing game anyway.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
TEXANS at BEARS
* Owen Daniels (hip) is “very sore” and is headed for a true game-time call. If owners want to wait, James Casey is a desperation handcuff option.
* Ben Tate (hamstring) remains out. Justin Forsett backs up workhorse Arian Foster again.
* Alshon Jeffery (hand) is quite ready to return yet.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
CHIEFS at STEELERS
* Brady Quinn (concussion) remains sidelined. Mr. Turnover himself, Matt Cassel, gets another start.
* Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles’) will start once he’s healthy, but he’s not there yet. Expect a hot-hand situation between Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer, with Redman expected to draw the start.
* Antonio Brown (ankle) is out. Emmanuel Sanders gets the nod as a high-upside plug-n-play.
MY TOUGHEST DECISION OF THE WEEK
In a 10-team non-PPR league, my flex spot came down to Fred Jackson or Emmanuel Sanders. Intriguing, I know.
The rhetoric coming out of Buffalo’s locker room following last week’s loss was that they HAVE to get the ball to C.J. Spiller more. It’s a direct shot to Jackson, who is averaging just 4.52 yards per touch this season. Spiller is at 7.82. I still expect F-Jax to start, but I do think Spiller will start getting 60+ percent of the touches going forward.
Spiller is also the one that gets the garbage-time touches, something we could be looking at with the Bills in New England this week. So I’m riding with the upside of Sanders, a speedy, talented every-down player getting his chance with Antonio Brown (ankle) sidelined.
SURVIVOR PICK OF THE WEEK
It’s a really interesting week for those of us left in Survivor. Chances are strong that roughly 90 percent of your pool has already been eliminated. Now we have to really think about strategy.
I believe the most likely winner this week is the Steelers. That said, they have home matchups with the Bengals and Browns in Weeks 16 and 17, respectively. Therefore, I’m going to save them.
This week, I’m going to use the 49ers. They only have two good spots left -- Week 14 home vs. Cardinals and Week 17 home vs. Rams. By the time Week 17 rolls around, they might not be playing for much. So we’ll play them against a Rams team that might not get the ball across half-field.
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